Last May till July Annelie Lekkerkerker stayed in Nepal for an internship for Agriterra. The aim of the internship was to develop the lobby and advocacy procedure at NACCFL (Nepal Agricultural Co-operation Central Federation Ltd.). NACCFL is the umbrella organisation of Small Farmer Agriculture Cooperative Limited (SFACL) and similar other agriculture cooperatives. She wrote a blog about her experiences.Read more
Over the past half year, business advisor Aijun Yang in China worked on building up a relationship with the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA), an influential Chinese NGO, focusing on poverty alleviation, raising funds from national and international companies and organisations. To date, CFPA has raised total funds and materials worth USD 5.7 billion, and delivered aid and assistance in 33 million individual cases. After a period of trial by error, they are now looking for a sustainable way to contribute to China’s Rural Vitalization strategy. The foundation wants to help 1,000 cooperatives with a total investment of € 640 million euro in the coming years, and is interested in Agriterra as a partner in cooperative capacity building.Read more
Agriterra, international specialist in cooperative development and the Danish Agriculture and Food Council (DAFC) / SEGES will be working together on sustainable intensive agricultural production as a solution to the climate challenge. The two partners have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on transfer of Danish knowhow and technology solutions to developing countries, and facilitating accreditation of an agricultural entity to the Green Climate Fund (GCF). Danish & Dutch expertise and technology offer potential for sustainable intensification of agriculture in emerging economies.Read more
Agriterra reaches almost 700,000 farmers, organised in in more than 250 cooperatives. We interviewed 7 farmers from Nepal (2), Peru, Uganda, Philippines, China and Ethiopia to find out if their situation has been changed. How was their situation several years ago (or before their membership), what has happened during their membership, what were the most significant changes in their situation and how did the changes come about?
Agriterra has always highlighted the importance of active participation of young members in farmer organisations and cooperatives. In our ‘Farmers Fighting Poverty’ program for 2016-2020, youth is one of the focus points. We stated that by the end of 2020 at least 50% of our cooperative clients will have active Youth Councils or alike sections in place and that at least 10% of the board members of cooperatives will be 35 years or younger.
Dutch farmers share through Agriterra their expertise on sustainable intensification with farmers in emerging economies to increase global food production and adapt to climate change. This is a global challenge which is also being addressed in the IPPC report (The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) that was published last week:
Agriterra aims to boost intensification of agriculture, spur the agro-industrialisation and take care of resources and reforestation. Smart use of land and stopping the drastic slash and burn tactics are critical success factors for sustainable, productive agriculture and forest preservation and restoration.Read more
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